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June 2009

 

Among China, Europe, and Russia, the competition over oil and gas from Central Asia and the Caucasus is intense and growing. In this rivalry China enjoys a cash advantage, while Russia builds on decades-long cultural and political ties. European companies offer more-advanced technology than is available from their Chinese and Russian competitors. Rivalries aside, the external powers share an interest in promoting political stability in this major energy-producing region. Competition for political influence is likely to complicate the full utilization of the Caspian hydrocarbon wealth (see related story nearby). More regional and international cooperation is needed. The speedy development of the region’s oil and gas resources would benefit all concerned parties (writes) Gawdat G. Bahgat (gbahgat@iup.edu), professor of political science and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.

—“Central Asian, Caucasus Energy Rivalries Intensify,”
Oil and Gas Journal, June 2009

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced that the ASSE Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Student Section was awarded the Volunteer Service of the Year Outstanding Organizations Award for 2008-2009 from the IUP Office of Service Learning. The IUP Volunteer Service of the Year award is given out to student organizations based on their level of work and commitment with the community. One of the projects the ASSE IUP student section was recognized for organizing in the community and campus environment included conducting nicotine sampling in an uptown establishment to determine the effectiveness of the non-smoking sections versus smoking sections. The results were analyzed and the students put together a report describing their findings and recommendations.

—“ASSE Student Chapter Receives Volunteer Service Award,”
Occupational Health and Safety, June 22, 2009

Indiana county natives who chose to compete in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s cross country and track and field programs found success at the Division II level and dedicated coaches in Ed Fry and Bob ‘Doc’ Raemore. Fry and Raemore recently retired after four decades of coaching IUP track and field together. Fry also coached cross country programs since 1966, when he came to IUP to teach music.

—“Retired IUP Track Coaches Had Lasting Impact on County Athletes,”
Blairsville Dispatch, June 19, 2009

INDIANA—Jenna R. Henry, an elementary education major, graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, during the May 3 commencement ceremonies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. Henry, a 2005 graduate of Keystone High School is the daughter of Gary and Darla Henry of Rimersburg.

—“Education Briefs,”
The Clarion News, June 16, 2009

INDIANA—Stephanie Kerr of Knox, participated in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s fourth annual undergraduate scholars’ conference. The event is an initiative of IUP President Dr. Tony Atwater to recognize and stimulate undergraduate research and encourage all IUP students to collaborate with their peers, professors and other professionals within the university. Kerr, a pre-medicine major is the daughter of Jackie Pryber and is a 2008 graduate of Connellsville High School .

—“Education Briefs,”
The Clarion News, June 16, 2009

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has established the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership. Caleb Finegan, associate professor of history, will start as founding director on July 1. The primary mission of the new center is to sensitize IUP students to the value of citizenship, leadership and the broader applications of their university education. According to Finegan, the center will help students as well as faculty members to explore opportunities for civic engagement and community service within the classroom, around the IUP campus, in the community and in the global community.

—“Indiana University of Pennsylvania Establishes Leadership Center”
 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 16, 2009

Two area students participated in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s fourth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference. The event is an initiative of IUP President Tony Atwater to recognize and stimulate undergraduate research and encourage all IUP students to collaborate with their peers, professors and other professionals within the university. Local participants were: Susan Johns, daughter of Darrin and Tracy Johns, East Brady Road, Kittanning, a 2005 graduate of Kittanning High School, a criminology major at IUP; and Julie Turney, daughter of Mark Turney and Judith Turney, Worthington, a 2006 graduate of Kittanning High School, a criminology major at IUP.

—“Students Participate in Scholars’ Conference”
Kittanning Leader-Times, June 16, 2009

Anthony DiMemmo is about to have the busiest summer of his life. The 21-year-old Indiana University of Pennsylvania junior will spend the next few months learning the ins-and-outs of free enterprise as the boss of his own Tuition Painters house painting franchise. ‘It has to do with my major. I always wanted to run my own business and I thought this was a great opportunity for me,’ said DiMemmo, who is studying business management and will receive college credit for his work.

—“A Brush with Business
Harrisburg Patriot-News, June 15, 2009

After four decades of running the Indiana (Pa.) track and field programs, Ed Fry and Bob ‘Doc’ Raemore finally reached the finish line. The duo may have slowed to embrace their retirements at the close of the 2009 season, but they still finished ahead of the pack. 

—“Longtime Coaching Duo Leaves Strong Legacy at IUP,”
Greensburg Tribune-Review, June 11, 2009